School of Education

Park’s online Master of Education program ranked by organization for affordability

NonprofitCollegesOnline, a website dedicated to online colleges and universities that put students before profits, ranked Park University's online Master of Education degree programs No. 44 in the country, based on affordability, and specifically highlighted the Master of Leading Adult and Organizational Learning program.

Annual Excellence in Education Banquet

The Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce celebrates their annual Excellence in Education Banquet in the spring of each year.  The banquet honors outstanding students, teachers, staff, volunteers, and business supporters of Northland education.

The School of Education is proud to announce that two of the eight teachers nominated by the Platte County School District for their excellence in classroom teaching chose Park University for graduate school.  Kela Waddell, 6th grade Science teacher at Platte City Middle School, graduated in 2015 with her Masters of Education in Teacher Leadership, in 2011 with her Master of Arts in Teaching Unified Science/Biology, and in 2007 with her Bachelor of Science in Biology.  Ann-Marie Basye, teacher at Paxton School, is currently pursuing her Masters of Education in Language and Literacy.

Congratulations, Kela and Ann-Marie!  

Kinney and Estes Complete e-MINTS Training Program

eMINTSMelanie Kinney, Assessment and Accreditation Specialist, and Judi Simmons Estes, Associate Dean, completed a two-year training program, enhancing Missouri’s Instructional Networked Teaching Strategies (e-MINTS) and each were certified as e-MINTS Instructional Specialists in May, 2015. e-MINTS is a professional development program that guides teachers in developing the pedagogy and teaching strategies for integrating technology with instruction.​

Park Master's Program Earns "Best Buy" Rating

Best Buy Education Park University's online Master of Education in Educational Leadership degree program has been ranked a "best buy" by the national editorial review team at, a consumer group that reviews and ranks online university degree programs for cost, quality and credibility. The ranking is based on comparing tuition and distance learning fees. More than 3,000 online degree programs nationwide are evaluated by A "best buy" award badge indicates a degree program has been independently reviewed and found to offer a high quality online degree for educators at a cost that ranks well below the national average.

Missouri Campus Compact's Annual Mini Grants

MCC Grant LogoDr. Shannon Cuff received a Missouri Campus Compact mini-grant to purchase three tablets and a year-long Reading Rainbow subscription. Students in EDU 315: Children's and Young Adult Literature will use the educational technology in their service-learning experience at HIKE (Help Instill the Key to Education) to provide literacy support to low-income children.

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Ayla Parham Summer Internship PhotoAyla Parham, a junior double majoring in Biology and Secondary Education completed a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at the University of North Dakota for their Growing Up STEM program, during summer 2015. The internship focused on undergraduate learning through discipline-based education research. Ayla worked on a research project examining the cognitive levels accessed by formative and summative biology course assessments, using Bloom's Taxonomy as a coding scheme. This ten-week program included a stipend of $5,000 and on-campus housing.?

Estes and Choi Visit Belize

estes and choi belizeJudi Simmons Estes, Associate Dean, and Donna Choi, Professor, were awarded a grant submitted to the International Committee and funded through Parks International Study Abroad Office, for an exploratory study abroad trip to Belmopan, Belize to work at Garden City Primary School. During the week of May 11-15, 2015, Drs. Estes and Choi observed in classrooms; presented three workshops half-day workshops to the classroom teachers; gifted the students with an assortment of balls and the teachers with classroom materials.

World Assembly of Presidents for OMEP

Motta and WillettSeniors Jordin Willett and Natalie Motta, had an opportunity to attend the World Assembly of Presidents for OMEP (World Organization of Early Childhood Educators) in Washington, D.C., July 26th-August 1, 2015.During this time, Jordin and Natalie attended a two day World Assembly annual meeting of Presidents from 42 countries; volunteer at PlayDaze, a half-day event held at the National Cathedral School; attend presentations on a variety of international educational topics, during the three day conference; and they co-presented a paper titled, “Engaging Culturally Diverse Children and Families in Literacy.” ​

Park University Internationalization Grant Received

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Mrs. Gail Hennessy and Dr. Shannon Cuff received a Park University internationalization grant to fund a university/P-12 partnership project.  The grant provides resources for the planning and implementation of the collaboration between Park University professors and teacher candidates and North Kansas City School District middle and high school teachers and students. Within this developing relationship, middle school English Language Learners engage in the learning process with modeling of research-based teaching strategies from high school students and guidance from teacher candidates.